The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has arrived, and the saga will be complete this December.
Nothing less than the conclusion of three trilogies, JJ Abrams's return to the Star Wars universe comes freighted with expectation. We're witness to the final movement in the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), as they're seemingly manipulated by a beyond-the-grave Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), returning for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi.
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran all return as Finn, Poe Dameron and Rose, respectively. The movie also acts as a curtain call for Carrie Fisher as Leia, whose scenes are constructed from footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Series regulars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) also feature.
The Rise of Skywalker is written by Argo Oscar-winner Chris Terrio, who promises that the duality of the Rey/Kylo Ren relationship is at the heart of the storyline.
"Some of the most interesting scenes in The Last Jedi are the conversations between Rey and Ren," he explains. "We’ve tried to pick up that complicated relationship that really has been present ever since the interrogation in Episode VII. When Ren takes off his mask, there’s a nakedness about him with Rey that he doesn’t express to anyone else. [The Last Jedi director] Rian developed that in fascinating ways and we’ve been able to develop it even further."
Abrams says that the movie will stay true to the often controversial principles of the storyline in The Last Jedi: "If I had done [The Last Jedi], I would have done things differently, just as Rian would have done things differently if he had done [The Force Awakens]."
He adds: "But having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people. If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honour what’s been done."
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